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Premises liability case claims Walmart fell down on the job

Walmart remains one of the largest retail superstores anywhere in the country. The company has locations throughout the United States, including here in New Hampshire. With so many locations, it might not be surprising to hear that the retail giant faces a premises liability claim from a woman who suffered a slip-and-fall accident two years ago at a location in her area.

On April 14, 2015, the woman went to her local Walmart. As she stepped through the threshold, she slipped on some water on the floor and fell. According to her lawsuit, she broke her hip. She alleges that Walmart knew of the hazard because air blowers were in place to dry the area and an employee was assigned to monitor it.

The superstore even set up warning signs. So why is the woman suing the Texas Walmart if the store went to such efforts to make sure customers and employees alike were aware of the hazard? Because she claims that the signs were not visible from the front of the entrance. The signs were further inside the store and were not where entering customers could clearly see them. The woman claims this constitutes negligence and is asking the court for approximately $1 million in damages.

Retailers and other businesses have a responsibility to ensure the safety of their customers and employees. However, merely putting up signs warning of a hazard might not be enough. The signs need to be placed in such a way that there is no mistaking the presence of a potential danger. If a New Hampshire resident suffered a serious or debilitating injury because a business owner or manager failed to properly warn of the danger, a premises liability case might be appropriate.

Source:, "Walmart hit with $1M suit over 2-year old slip and fall injury, suit says warning signs were posted", David Yates, April 12, 2017

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